Ubuntu – My desktop disappeared, how to get it back?


I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This morning when I logged into my Ubuntu, after login screen the complete desktop was empty, the only operation I could perform is right-click and open terminal.

What I've tried:

  1. Ctrl+Alt+F1 unity --reset : didn't work
  2. From terminal unity --reset : didn't work
  3. And from login screen selecting Ubuntu 2D and that also didn't solve the problem.

My laptop is Toshiba SA-60 onboard ATI graphic card with 1 GB RAM.

Please tell me how to solve this problem. I don't want to reinstall Ubuntu as whenever I install a I/O error pops up, forget about that. I don't want to reinstall Ubuntu. Please help.

Best Answer

  • Install gnome-tweak-tool.
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
  • Go to Desktop list item. Make sure Have file manager handle the desktop is turned ON.

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